Rated 3 out of 5
by tmwilsonus good for groceries but poorly designed
ok let me start by saying that if i shop as a guest, i should be able to write a review as that guest and not have to create an account.
with that out of the way here's the good
1. bags are large. they'll hold 2 paper bags full of groceries.
2. very well built. solid and comfortable handle, strong stitching and should last a long time.
here's the bad:
1. It appears that the entire design was made by committee. there are button straps to hold the bag closed and compressed to reduce air resistance. that's smart, but they also include clips that really serve no purpose. yes they hold the bag down when it compressed position but the button straps and velcro do the job very nicely. the clips are an add on that wasn't needed.
2. Why they thought this thing would be easy to remove once you wrestle with the bungie cord and the metal hooks to attach it was not thinking at all. further because it attaches underneath the rack from each side it has no forward and back support so it can slide foward and back while the bike is moving (especially with a full load of groceries). with these bungie straps once it's on you will not want to take it off. this renders the handle worthless.
to solve this, my wife and i removed the metal wires attached to the bungie cords, sewed and used grommets to affix velcro straps to the top of the bag (2 toward the front and one in the back. the back velcro is secured by one grommet and wraps from underneath.) now we simply place the bags on the rack, wrap the velcro and secure and take off. it's stronger and doesn't move and when i want to take it with me i simply undo the velcro and it lifts right off.
really you guys should have thought of that. I'll keep the bags (especially now that I've hacked them) and i know they'll last a long time.
April 6, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pragmatist1912 Follow up Review
OK. I have lived with this pannier for a little over a year.
What I first thought was a lack of attachment/ stowage for the "extraneous" straps was incorrect. There are pockets to stow these straps when the item is on the bike. The straps stow in little areas with half round cutouts near against the pannier skin. The straps come in useful when the Pannier is off the bike or empty.
I love this Pannier. Swap it between 4 different bikes.
I use this to go do Groceries just as the name suggests. I can bring home gallon jugs of milk and can bring home several days worth of groceries for a single person.
Worth every penny.
March 21, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer Poor fit
Grocery Pannier is a decent pannier, but it probably will not fit your bike. I own three bikes, and it does not fit any of them. I will need to add some type of straps in order to secure the pannier.
January 30, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Pragmatist1912 Pretty good Pannier
What was described as extraneous straps that serve no purpose do have their function. Short straps with snaps allow pannier to fold up and snaps hold it folded when panniers are empty. Less wind resistance this way.
Short straps with buckles strap the panniers together when off bike doing groceries...
That being said it would be better if there were places to secure them when panniers deployed on rack to keep them from hitting spokes.
Bungies does require that you have eaten your Wheaties to deploy. But then again, snug bungies keep the pannier on the rack which you sort of want.
Works best if you hook on on the rack bottom and then pull panniers over the rack. Then pull down on other side.
9 anniversary have waterproof lining and top rolls down to allow water to shed off.
Not sure that I will keep them... I am thinking about making hard sided fiberglass ones instead.
They could be improved, but they are not bad as they are.
July 13, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by bogordoug confusing attachment system
Extraneous straps that appear to attach to nothing when using it on the bicycle. They would make a horrible noise as they bounced against the spokes. Bungee cords with hooks that will not stretch to fit a standard 27" urban bike with pannier rack. Might fit a smaller women's bike. Overall a poorly engineered product.
I strongly suggest the person who designed and ordered this product from the manufacturer actually attempt to use it.
Product returned to LL Bean.
May 27, 2015